Published On: Mon, Nov 13th, 2017

Supreme Court Asks EPCA To Come With Long Term Plan For Air Pollution Issue

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A comprehensive plan with long term measures is required for Delhi-NCR to deal with severe air pollution, said a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Monday.

Responding to the recent report on air pollution crisis by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) the court said a comprehensive plan is needed to tackle the issue.

Apex court said the report was a reactive one and it should also look into some long term or short term measures in case there is an emergency. The reactive measures are not enough during the time of crisis and the problem is not only limited to Delhi, other places in the country too are at high risk like cities of north India and Bihar.

Supreme Court Asks EPCA To Come With Long Term Plan For Air Pollution Issue

EPCA is asked to revise the report and add firm deadlines of the mentioned plans that should cover a switch to cleaner fuels by industry, overhauling of the public transport system and better enforcement of emission norms.

The next date of hearing of a plea by small and medium industries for extending deadline to switch to cleaner fuel is November 17.

Meanwhile, no interim relief has been extended to the industries of NCR saying better fuels are available in plenty.

Currently ecologically damaging fuels like furnace oil and pet coke are widely used by the industries in NCR.

The apex court said ban on such ecologically damaging fuel covers all the states having NCR territory like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

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